Review: Dope Sick: A Love Story by J.A. Kazimer

16 Jun


OK, it’s been a while since I’ve written a review. Shit, it’s been a while since I’ve read an entire book since my life for the past eight weeks became dominated by all the tasks associated with moving from Modesto, Californa, to Kona, Hawaii. I could go on and on about all of that, but I won’t.

You’re welcome.

Anyway, I am finally settled, and I have finally gotten back to one of my greatest pleasures: reading. Dope Sick: A Love Story was the book I was reading when this whole Hawaii thing happened so it was the book I went back to when I was ready for reading again.

But before I begin, allow me to review the rules. I only write review of books I love. Okay? I have no interest in being all critical about books that I hate or books that I think are severely flawed in some way. That shit is for Facebook. My reviews on this blog are for  books for which I have a certain enthusiasm; pleasures I want to share with you, my wonderful readers.

So, Dope Sick is wonderful. Boom.

Dope Sick is great. Blammo.

Get it?

It is a crime novel/mystery/noir thing all about Colin Wilde, a big rock star whose wife’s death and his own subsequent heroin addition ruined a great career. As the book begins, Mr. Wilde (great name) has been off drugs for a while and is attempting to make a comeback with a new album. He lives in a hovel in Manhattan’s Alphabet City in the East Village, a residence surrounded by dope, dopers, criminals, lunatics, etc.

But first, (or simultaneously I guess) he is driven to find out the truth of his wife’s death, deal with a wide variety of criminal and violent behavior all around him both in and out of the music industry, while resisting both returning to the life of a junkie as well as the irresistible allure of falling in love with a beautiful stripper who has — you guess it — a heart of fucking gold.

And it is good. So good.

The writing is great. You know what I mean?  Sentences, paragraphs, scenes, chapters — all skilfully put together by a talented writer. There is never an awkward passage and there is no clunky dialogue or exposition. The whole thing just sings.

Also, and just great for a reader,  THE BOOK IS FULL OF SURPRISES. I was constantly floored by new info shoved in out of nowhere by the author. And, I mean the kind of surprise bit of info about a character that made me stop and say “wow” out loud. THAT kind of surprise. I like that. A lot.

So that is all you get. I’m not going to repeat the plot — that is what Kazimer wrote the fucking book for … jeez. Just take my word for it — if you want to read a violent, gritty, romantic, dark, mysterious, fun, satisfying novel about a rock star in Manhattan uncovering all the seedy secrets surrounding him, then read this book.

Believe me, unless you just don’t like good urban crime noir (and if that is true I just feel sorry for you) you are going to have a great time with this freaking book. I am certain of this.

Okay? Jeez….

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